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Former Mayor Thelda Williams, Steadfast Champion of City’s Transit and Water Infrastructure, Dies at 82 https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2925Mayor's Office11/15/2023 5:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/uQ5jHSSCv3c?si=794STNpMWWbWFs4kFormer Mayor Thelda Williams, Steadfast Champion of City’s Transit and Water Infrastructure, Dies at 82 <div class="ExternalClass126C9B43AF95496280B2B38F2129705C"><html> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;"> <em>Flags Ordered to Fly at Half-Staff at City of Phoenix Sites</em> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"> <strong style="">PHOENIX </strong>— Former Mayor Thelda Williams, the only person to ever serve as the city's top official on three separate occasions who served on the City Council for more than 20 years, died Tuesday night after a brief battle with cancer. She was 82. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">“Thelda Williams's service to our city has touched and improved the lives of everyone who lives here—from improving Sky Harbor International Airport to strengthening our transit system to making sure that we use our water wisely," Mayor Kate Gallego said. “She cared deeply about Phoenix's people and its future, and her legacy will endure far beyond our lifetimes. We mourn her loss, and her large City family extends our heartfelt condolences to her family who she treasured so much." </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">The city will lower flags at its facilities in honor of Williams through Tuesday at sunset. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">To honor Williams, the City Council recently voted to </span> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/2739"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">name the new transit</span> </a> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"> center at Metrocenter after her. In 2019, the city, along with the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and PetSmart Charities, built the “</span> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2019/03/19/phoenix-opens-first-downtown-dog-park-thelda-williams-paw-pup-park/3168137002/"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Thelda Williams Paw-Pup Dog Park</span> </a> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">," downtown Phoenix's first dog park. Williams was a devout animal lover and spearheaded multiple City policies to protect dogs. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">“Thelda Williams was a dear friend and colleague," Councilwoman Debra Stark, who served with Williams, said. “I am deeply saddened about her passing, as she impacted so many lives, as well as my own. She was an ally on the Council, but also a force to be reckoned with. I take solace in knowing she lived a full and accomplished life. We owe a debt of gratitude to Thelda for her many years of public service and contributions to the City of Phoenix. Thelda will be so missed." </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">“Thelda Williams leaves behind a legacy for all of Phoenix that cannot be outshined," Councilwoman Ann O'Brien, who succeeded Williams on the City Council, said. “She was a role model, a mentor, a Jeopardy question, the only person to have served as the mayor three separate times, and a friend. She will be deeply missed and leaves behind a pair of shoes that will be impossible to fill. District 1 and all of Phoenix saw exponential growth under Thelda's leadership. We would not be where we are today as a city if it weren't for Thelda's service." </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Williams first began serving on the City Council in 1989, and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 1995. After departing the Council, she ran again in 2007 and served through 2021 after her third consecutive term expired. After the resignations of Mayors Paul Johnson, Terry Goddard and Greg Stanton, who each ran for a different office, she was selected by her City Council colleagues to serve as interim mayor. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Williams also served as the City's vice mayor, chair of the City Council's Transportation Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee, and as chair of the Valley Metro Rail board. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Williams is survived by her son Murry and daughter Cyndi, as well as three grandsons: Matt Smith, a Phoenix police officer, and Ben and John Williams. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mel, a former Phoenix police officer, and her daughter Chris.  </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">View photos of Thelda Williams over the years from the </span> <em style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">Arizona Republic </em> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcentral.com/picture-gallery/news/local/phoenix/2018/07/20/phoenix-thelda-williams-interim-mayor-after-greg-stanton-resigns/806842002/"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">HERE</span> </a> <em style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;">.</em> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"> </span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"># # # </span> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">For Immediate Release: November 15, 2023</span>​<br style=""></span> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorVideomayors-office
Mayor Gallego Launches Ethics Commission Appointment Processhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2801Mayor's Office6/29/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2801/Newsroom_Default_01.jpgMayor Gallego Launches Ethics Commission Appointment Process<div class="ExternalClassFB5888512D5447368125313FFD11D732"><html> <p>Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced she is launching the application and appointment process for the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission.<br><br>The Phoenix City Council approved the establishment of a City of Phoenix Ethics Commission in 2017 with the purpose of investigating allegations of ethical violations and enforcing the City’s ethics policies. The charge of the Ethics Commission is to initiate proceedings, conduct an initial evaluation, and if necessary, investigate, proceed with a formal hearing, and recommend action to the Mayor and City Council related to alleged ethics or gift policy violations by a Council member or a City of Phoenix board, commission, committee, or task force member.<br><br>“Governments function best with oversight and public input, which is why I’ve long been in favor of standing up our city’s Ethics Commission,” <strong>said Gallego.</strong> “Our constituents elected us to serve them, and the Ethics Commission is an important accountability tool that will make our city more transparent to its citizens."<br><br>Per ordinance, the Ethics Commission shall consist of five members: two who are registered members of the Democratic Party, two who are registered members of the Republican Party, and one who is registered with no party affiliation. Each will serve no more than one five-year term, except one Democratic member and one Republican member who will serve an initial term of three years.  <br><br><strong>The <a target="_blank" href="https://boards.phoenix.gov/Home/BoardsDetail/24">application</a> ​​is now open and accepting candidates through July 31, 2023.</strong><br><br>New candidates will be reviewed by the Judicial Selection Advisory Board, which will then recommend candidates for consideration by the Phoenix City Council. The five Ethics Commission nominees must be approved by the affirmative vote of seven members of the City Council.​</p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Phoenix City Council Approves Sustainable Development Water Policies https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2782Mayor's Office6/13/2023 11:00:00 PMPhoenix City Council Approves Sustainable Development Water Policies <div class="ExternalClass5C2F9FF2653845448D22D4B3B60BF0BC"><html> <p></p> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Today, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the “Sustainable Desert Development Policy” that Mayor Kate Gallego has been leading on since early in 2022. These new policies come after years of ongoing work to ensure Phoenix is growing responsibly amidst the West’s ongoing drought. Earlier this year, in her <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?51803e18c6a9b6913d86017c79050542f04b492ef30b8e78b4169fd44d2cdb05" target="_blank">State of the City address</a>, Gallego highlighted her efforts to create these new guidelines. Today’s vote reflects the City’s commitment to facilitate and support much needed housing while also advancing drought management and water conservation goals.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"Our vote today has been years in the making and reflects Phoenix’s intentional, comprehensive approach to protect our water resources,” <b>said Mayor Gallego</b>. “Our Sustainable Desert Development policy demonstrates that in the face of concerns about water security in the West, we are not resting – we are working, and we are innovating. Together with our suite of conservation programs, these strategies will safeguard our precious water supply for decades to come.” </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Today’s new conservation guidelines come in the form of rezoning stipulations, which include regulations on non-functional turf, a mandate to meet <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?92401bce58af28fb83a79915acbd06359eb42d5638b122ec7f8edd3dfa73b275" target="_blank">EPA WaterSense</a> or similar certification, planting of drought-tolerant and native plants, outdoor irrigation standards, enhanced standards for swimming pools, and more. After this week’s vote, the City’s Planning and Development Department will roll out these draft stipulations and collaborate with applicants about how, when, and where they should be utilized.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The stipulations were based on a framework derived from the city’s work with the <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?d7d215a061545ce6a2c510dbd5c9e1b3cc404ed17ad8aaa43073f1cee8a48ba7" target="_blank">Verdin</a> <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?c7fb39094c21fd461788ac4452bd3439aeb10e95e7610dffe0cbe5eb784a8d27" target="_blank">development</a>, a residential neighborhood in North Phoenix that embraced water conservation measures. Collectively, the homes in Verdin will use 55 million fewer gallons of water every single year than a standard subdivision. Even more significantly, their preservation of natural desert landscaping will save nearly 80 million gallons of water per year. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The City Council’s vote builds upon decades of water-forward policies in Phoenix that benefit the region. The new stipulations go hand-in-hand with the City Council’s recent <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?67221bfce0d6dbf6cabd8f83f8719cfcc8b1b649f57d3987c918733fbc1e4a99" target="_blank">vote</a> to leave up to 150,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Mead over the next three years, as well as with Gallego's recent announcement of the creation of an<a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?6e6b0704b11a25e530154fb4885d085e95844b831877e6b7c9282ea25b1120f8" target="_blank"> Advanced Water Purification</a> facility that will recycle nearly 60 million gallons of water per day.  </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">To see the Sustainable Desert Development Resolution passed today, click <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?ff3aeb89cd00fc04fecdbe7959e2a9f2f8179453e394a56a3b556ca01c79b608" target="_blank">HERE</a>. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">For more information on Phoenix’s water conservation programs, click <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?a4cf2aab81cd2c6968aad85deb5b8193539207b958cd7f25559884726215ab30" target="_blank">HERE</a>. ​</span> </div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego Announces Successful Appeal of Phoenix Census Counthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2757Mayor's Office5/26/2023 4:45:00 PMMayor Gallego Announces Successful Appeal of Phoenix Census Count<div class="ExternalClass6B9B5B3DE8BE4F1DB42EF92EF0656D43"><html> <p></p> <div>Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced the City of Phoenix’s successful appeal to correct the 2020 Census Count. Earlier this year, Gallego wrote a letter to initiate the appeal process, in which she indicated that over 3,500 people in 192 “Group Quarter” facilities were missed during the 2020 census count that took place during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Counting every person matters, and I am incredibly thankful to the Census Bureau for offering this avenue to address omissions in the 2020 Census,” <b>said Mayor Gallego.</b> “This successful outcome will not only mean that we will be able to receive our fair share in federal funding for the remainder of the decade, but also set us up for success for the 2030 Census. As the fastest-growing big city in the country, that will be critical to our future.” </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“We will send the updated group quarters population to the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program where they will be included in the baseline data used to produce upcoming annual population estimates,” <b>the letter from the Census Bureau read.  </b></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>While Phoenix and the Valley area continue to grow faster than any other place in our country, the Census Bureau acknowledged they likely undercounted group facilities known as “Group Quarters” throughout Phoenix. As such, in May 2022, the Census Bureau announced the 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review program, a mechanism for local governments to request that the Bureau review the 2020 Census Group Quarters population count. The City of Phoenix worked with Bloomberg Associates to find that approximately 192 Group Quarter facilities were not counted in the 2020 Census Group Quarters Operation, with a total corresponding population of approximately 3,550 people residing in them.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This successful adjustment to the count will benefit Phoenix for the next eight years by rendering additional dollars to the city via state and federal allocations, which go to programs such as Medicaid, Head Start, nutritional assistance, public safety grants, and federal housing initiatives. Estimates done reveal that for every individual counted, the city could earn thousands of dollars, thereby amounting to millions of dollars per year in federal funding for Phoenix.  ​<br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor Gallego Joins Phoenix Union, Medical Professionals, and State Leaders to Discuss Fentanyl Crisis, Ways to Stay Safehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2754Mayor's Office5/19/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2754/FwhD2jhakAEPOLm.jpegMayor Gallego Joins Phoenix Union, Medical Professionals, and State Leaders to Discuss Fentanyl Crisis, Ways to Stay Safe<div class="ExternalClass53F17589BF0148D4A361A8D2E46C3565"><html> <div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">​​​In case you missed it, yesterday, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined Phoenix Union Superintendent Chad Gestson, Arizona State Senator Christine Marsh, Common Sense Media Senior Manager of Education and Community Partnerships Victoria Saylor, Valle Del Sol Dr. Matthew Evan, and others, for a joint roundtable discussion and tele-town hall on the dangers of fentanyl.          </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">During the event, medical professionals and resource providers educated parents, students, and members of the public about what fentanyl is, where it's found, and how to stay safe. Common Sense Media and local providers told families the best practices to protect children on social media, especially as the summer break nears.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"This is a huge challenge for our community and we need all partners. I'm so grateful that Phoenix Union convened us tonight. This gives me hope that we are all going to work together," said Mayor Gallego said at the discussion. "Fentanyl is an ever-evolving threat, but if we talk to each other, and talk to our students, and more importantly, listen to them, we can really take this on."</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">During the event, the mayor spoke about the ongoing work being done by the city’s Office of Public Health, which has convened an internal working and advisory group composed of public safety personnel, public health experts, and city department representatives, from Parks and Recreation, Youth and Education, and more.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The city’s Office of Public Health is concluding a comprehensive needs assessment and evaluation of existing community services in order to best move forward on initiatives that will keep Phoenicians safe, from expanding Narcan accessibility to creating an opioid related surveillance data dashboard. Results from the assessment will be available next month, and from there the next steps will be shaping a community-oriented action plan that will be voted on in City Council.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">When asked what the city can do during the summer months to engage kids of all ages, the mayor spoke about Parks and Recreation activities, free library resources and more:</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"We want to be good partners to you all at the city, and our free programs are great opportunities to ensure your kids have a fun but valuable summer," Gallego said.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><b><u>Background</u></b>: </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In recent years, in part exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in fentanyl use and opioid addiction has led to a sharp spike in overdoses across the country. In 2022, Phoenix saw 991 overdose deaths -- 71.5% of those came from fentanyl. That same year, Phoenix Fire responded and administered naloxone – a drug that can rapidly reverse the effects of an overdose -- to 3,869 individuals.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Two years ago, the City of Phoenix joined 90 other Arizona cities to sign on to the One Arizona Opioid Settlement Memorandum of Understanding (“One Arizona Agreement”). The Agreement outlines the distribution of the estimated $542 million dollars that Arizona will receive over 18 years.   </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Over 20% of that funding will go to the City of Phoenix and 44% of the total settlement will remain with the State to fund future opioid programs and response efforts. Together, the city’s Public Health Office and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health have been working to maximize community resources and share expertise.​</span></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Thunderbird at ASU to Power Downtown Phoenix Virtual Reality Experiencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2653Mayor's Office2/9/2023 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2653/News from the Office of.jpgThunderbird at ASU to Power Downtown Phoenix Virtual Reality Experience<div class="ExternalClass01DA774010044F2391B9EBB6BA121A2B"><html> <p>​​Thunderbird School of Global Management (Thunderbird) at Arizona State University (ASU), in collaboration with the City of Phoenix, presents an unparalleled augmented reality scavenger hunt experience, 'Phoenix: The Global City of the Future,' from Thursday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 11.<br><br>The greater Phoenix community are invited to visit <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Thunderbird+School+of+Global+Management/%4033.4526153%2c-112.0717441%2c15z/data=%214m2%213m1%211s0x0:0xd32691babcf75096?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiTpv6Pwuj8AhVxPkQIHUaDAdgQ_BJ6BAh0EAg" target="_blank">Thunderbird Global Headquarters</a> to explore a variety of unique, virtual reality attractions, including the state-of-the-art Innovation Center. Once inside, attendees can interact with others, play games on one of three global collaboration tables, and experience guided tours in a 4D immersive Positron chair.<br><br>Join Thunderbird, and the city of Phoenix with a first-of-its-kind attraction, a city-wide virtual reality scavenger hunt. Created to display not only historical locations but also future-forward locations such as Thunderbird Global Headquarters.<br><br>“Phoenix is leading in innovative technologies, including immersive experiences that advance learning at all ages," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Powered by Thunderbird at ASU, the AR activation looks at Phoenix sites past, present, and future. This demonstration of technology offers engaging interactions which are the future of marketing, business, and workforce development. Experience the future in Phoenix."<br><br>Participants can explore downtown Phoenix as it was and where it's going. This will be an unrivaled digital experience right up to the door of the biggest sporting event in the nation. Get started by stopping by any of the <a href="https://thunderbird.asu.edu/fan-experience" target="_blank">locations</a> and scan the QR code to begin. This special experience offers attendees an opportunity to engage in augmented reality as they discover historical sites across downtown Phoenix.<br><br>"Discover the future of education and technology at Thunderbird Global Headquarters, the most technologically-advanced building of any leadership and management school in the world," said Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Director General and Dean of Thunderbird. "Civic engagement is an integral part of the Thunderbird experience, and we are thrilled to partner with the City of Phoenix to bring this augmented reality experience to our communities while highlighting Phoenix as a global city of the future."<br><br>Attendees will also be able to view the solar system in the Haas Digital Global Forum and witness live data projected onto a touchless, controlled custom LED sphere. Thunderbird's Metaverse lab will also be open; here, volumetric capture technology will take a 3D rendering of participants, creating a digital twin of themselves that can be used in virtual reality experiences.<br><br>The official kick-off event will take place Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. inside Thunderbird's Haas Digital Global Forum. Enjoy international-themed food trucks, live music from Thunderbird students, dancing, and songs from around the world.<br><br>Other key events include:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Pub Night on <strong>Thursday, Feb. 9</strong> at Thunderbird's rooftop pub on the fifth floor. Light appetizers will be provided at 8 p.m. MST.</p> </li> <li> <p>On <strong>Friday, Feb. 10</strong>, from 12 to 1 p.m. MST, join Dean Khagram for a special event with David Knower, chairman of the advisory board of the European League of Football and a 1985 graduate of Thunderbird. During​ the event, Knower will speak specifically on the globalization of the NFL. Due to limited capacity, please <a href="https://specialevents.asu.edu/t-birdfutureisphoenix" target="_blank">RSVP to attend</a>.</p> </li> </ul> <p>​Events will take place at Thunderbird's technologically-advanced Global Headquarters building on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, located <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Thunderbird+School+of+Global+Management/%4033.4526153%2c-112.0717441%2c15z/data=%214m2%213m1%211s0x0:0xd32691babcf75096?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjjwfS2k_X8AhXBSjABHfurBT4Q_BJ6BAheEAg" target="_blank">401 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004</a>. The experiences will take place Thursday, Feb. 9: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 10: 2 p.m. –  10 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 11: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.<br><br>Please note: to experience the augmented reality content directly, individuals must first download the VueXR app, and then can begin scanning the QR codes located throughout Thunderbird Global Headquarters and downtown Phoenix.<br><br>For more information, including the entertainment schedule and complete details, visit our <a href="https://thunderbird.asu.edu/fan-experience" target="_blank">website</a>.<br><br><strong>For Journalists: Media are invited to attend for the Official Kick-Off on Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. Please RSVP to Dasi Danzig, Sr. Media Relations Officer, by email: </strong><a href="mailto:dasi@asu.edu" target="_blank"><strong>dasi@asu.edu</strong></a><strong> or call/text: 480-268-6766.</strong><br><br>###<br><br><strong>About Arizona State University</strong><br>Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. To learn more, please visit <a href="http://asu.edu/" target="_blank">ASU.edu</a>. <br><br><strong>About Thunderbird School of Global Management</strong><br>Thunderbird School of Global Management is a unit of the Arizona State University Enterprise. For more than 75 years, Thunderbird has been the vanguard of global management and leadership education, creating inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide by educating global leaders capable of tackling the world's greatest challenges. Thunderbird's Master of Global Management was ranked No. 1 in the world for 2019 by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. To learn more, visit <a href="https://thunderbird.asu.edu/" target="_blank">thunderbird.asu.edu</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Shipping Containers Turned Sustainable Housing https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2652Mayor's Office2/6/2023 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2652/News from the Office of.jpgShipping Containers Turned Sustainable Housing <div class="ExternalClass3F6041A4F99C43E1927B6F6A92EFF5FF"><html> <p>A newly-beautified, city-owned lot in downtown Phoenix has been transformed into a small neighborhood housing project created with solar-powered, repurposed, shipping containers. Steel + Spark, a local Phoenix business, has developed the SPARKBOX housing units using funding from the Arizona Department of Housing, and partnering with the City of Phoenix to demonstrate how these flexible living spaces can be dropped nearly anywhere.<br></p> <p>Sun-powered by day, battery-powered by night, the SPARKBOX does not need utility connection or on-site construction. The one bed/bath SPARKBOX is equipped with an incinerator toilet, saving 2000 gallons of water per person, per year. It also features Solarban gray glass, spray foam insulation, LED lighting, and hidden mini split for year-round heating and cooling.</p> <p>With the ability to be used off-grid, the SPARKBOX units have the potential to answer a variety of housing needs including transitional housing, parents aging-in-place, supportive space for family members with special needs, and workforce housing. Given the significant shortage of housing in Phoenix and across the state, the hope is to encourage others to grow their businesses by adopting fast-to-market, environmentally sensitive, innovative technologies.</p> <p> <strong>The media is invited to a reception on February 8, 2023, to see and experience this new approach to sustainable, attainable housing. </strong> </p> <p> <strong>WHAT:</strong> Steel + Spark - SparkBox Demonstration Park</p> <p> <strong>WHEN:</strong> Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.</p> <p> <strong>WHERE:</strong> 1016 North Second Street, Phoenix (North of the northwest corner of Roosevelt and Second Street)</p> <p> <strong>YOU WILL SEE:</strong> SPARKBOX housing units assembled on what was vacant city land. You'll be able to tour the units and talk with principals about the project and its applications.</p> <p> <strong>YOU WILL HEAR:</strong> Governor Katie Hobbs, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Brian Stark, Co-Founder of Steel + Spark​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office


Mayor Kate Gallego has a vision for Phoenix: she sees it as a place that is vibrant and growing, and one where every person is treated with dignity and respect. 

Mayor Gallego is a strong advocate for smart business growth and investment – she recently helped land the city’s largest-ever business development deal, a $40 billion semiconductor manufacturing plant that will bring significant economic development for decades to come. She is leading the city to global status as a leader in bioscience, technology, research, and advanced manufacturing. 

The mayor is also leading Phoenix t​o meet its goal to become the most sustainable desert city in the United States. She has fostered investments in cool solutions, including the nation’s first, publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation; launched the city’s successful cool pavement pilot; and led the charge toward building the necessary EV infrastructure to support a sustainable future.

Mayor Gallego is the second elected female mayor in Phoenix history and one of the youngest big city mayors in the United States. In November 2020, she was returned to office with the highest number of votes ever cast for a mayoral candidate in Phoenix. 

A graduate of Harvard University, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2013, representing south Phoenix and the city’s downtown core. Prior professional pursuits include strategic planning and economic development for one of Arizona’s largest utility companies and service in state government, as part of the governor’s team.

Mayor Kate Gallego enjoys a desert hike and a good read. She is mom to six-year-old Michael.​

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